Dr Sir Howard has recently retired from his long held position as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. He was appointed in 2003 and had been a Deputy Lieutenant since 1997. He served as a JP for 25 years, is a former Chairman of the Rutland Bench and of the Central Council of the Magistrates’ Court Committee. He is President of Leicestershire and Rutland Magistrates’ Association and is also a Freeman of the City of London. He is a Trustee of both Oakham and Uppingham Schools.
Dr Howard holds a degree in Neurological Science from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Leicester. He joined the University staff in 1974, was appointed Sub Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Science in 1990 and retired in 2006. He became Knight Commander of the Victorian Empire in 2017.
He and his wife, Christine live in Rutland. He lists his hobbies as cycling, gardening and hedging.